MRU: Kno goes 3D, Veri powers AmEx and Networking is Good for Students

Kno, the education tablet manufacturer turned e-textbook provider launched some interesting new features. The software now automatically converts molecule models printent in textbooks into interactive 3D animations. Kno also added external video content from the Khan Academy.

Right before the beginning of the new school year TenMarks launched a completely overhauled version of its free math program for schools. Teachers now get even more granular data on the performance of their whole class or individual students.

TeachStreet is organizing a Startup Weeked EDU in Seattle on September 30th to October 2nd. Tickets cost $99 or $49 for students and there are around 150 available. Dave Schappell also invited the who is who of the Seattle tech and investor scene to mentor the participants.

Veri, a very interesting but stealthy startup is powering the new Crash Courses of the American Express OPEN Forum. OPEN Forum is an online community for small business owners. I took a closer look at the exercises.

A study proves that social networking is enhancing student performance. Professor Christine Greenhow found that students who create strong bonds and are connected via social networks like Facebook do better in school.

In my EDUKWEST interview series I talked to two interesting up and coming startup founders. Episode #68 was with Travis Biziorek of Kibin, which is an online community for crowdsourced editing, and¬†Michael Koetting of Hoot.Me, a Facebook application that turns the social network into “study mode” was my guest in episode #69 of EDUKWEST.